1962 in paleontology

Paleontology or palaeontology is the study of prehistoric life forms on Earth through the examination of plant and animal fossils.[1] This includes the study of body fossils, tracks (ichnites), burrows, cast-off parts, fossilised feces (coprolites), palynomorphs and chemical residues. Because humans have encountered fossils for millennia, paleontology has a long history both before and after becoming formalized as a science. This article records significant discoveries and events related to paleontology that occurred or were published in the year 1962.

List of years in paleontology (table)
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PaleozoologyEdit

Conodont paleozoologyEdit

German paleontologist Klaus J. Müller (1923-2010) described the conodont order Paraconodontida.[2]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Histiodella[3] Valid taxon

RW Harris

Middle Ordovician

Arbuckle Mountains, Oklahoma, USA

VertebratesEdit

DinosaursEdit

Newly named dinosaursEdit

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[4]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Heterodontosaurus[5] Valid taxon

Early Jurassic (Hettangian-Sinemurian)

Upper Elliot Formation

A heterodontosaurid.

BirdsEdit

Newly named birdsEdit

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Anas ogallalae [6]

Sp. nov.

valid

Brodkorb

Early Pliocene

Ogallala Formation

An Anatidae, first described as Nettion ogallalae Brodkorb, 1962.

Corvus betfianus [7]

Sp. nov.

valid

Kretzoi

Early Pleistocene

Betfia 5

A Corvidae.

Diomedea californica [8]

Sp. nov.

valid

Miller

Muddle Miocene

Temblor Formation

A Diomedeidae, perhaps better placed in Phoebastria Reichenbach, 1853.

Passer predomesticus [9]

Sp. nov.

valid

Tchernov

Muddle Pleistocene

Acheulian

A Passeridae.

Pelargosteon tothi [7]

Gen. nov. et Sp. nov.

valid

Kretzoi

Early Pleistocene

Betfia 5

An Aves ''Incertae Sedis'', described in the Ciconiidae.

Perdix jurcsaki [7]

Sp. nov.

valid

Kretzoi

Early Pleistocene

Betfia 5

A Phasiandae.

Tetrao partium [7]

Sp. nov.

valid

Kretzoi

Early Pleistocene

Betfia 5

A Phasiandae, a synonym is Lyrurus partium Kretzoi, 1962.

Turdicus tenuis [7]

Gen. nov. et Sp. nov.

valid

Kretzoi

Early Pleistocene

Betfia 5

A Turdidae.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gini-Newman, Garfield; Graham, Elizabeth (2001). Echoes from the past: world history to the 16th century. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd. ISBN 9780070887398. OCLC 46769716.
  2. ^ Supplement to systematics of conodonts. KJ Müller and RC Moore, in Treatise on invertebrate paleontology, Part W: Miscellanea : Conodonts Conoidal Shells of Uncertain Affinities, Worms, Trace Fossils, and Problema, 1962 - Geological Society of America
  3. ^ New conodonts from Joins (Ordovician) Formation of Oklahoma. RW Harris, Oklahoma Geology Notes, 1962
  4. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  5. ^ Crompton, A.W.; Charig, A. (1962). "A new ornithischian from the Upper Iriassic of South Africa". Nature. 196: 1074–1077. doi:10.1038/1961074a0.
  6. ^ Brodkorb, Pierce (1962). "A Teal from the Lower Pliocene of Kansas". Quarterly Journal of the Florida Academy of Sciences. 25 (2): 157–160.
  7. ^ a b c d e Kretzoi, Miklós (1962). "Vogelreste aus der Altpleistozänen Fauna von Betfia". Aquila. 67–68: 167–174.
  8. ^ Miller, Loye Holmes (1962). "A New Albatross from the Miocene of California". Condor. 64: 471–472. doi:10.2307/1365470.
  9. ^ Tchernov, Eitan (1962). "Paleolithic Avifauna in Palestine". Bull. Research Counc. Israel 11 section B Zoology. 11 (3): 95–131.